Mr. Joseph Barr Topinka

Joseph B. Topinka is a retired military attorney and now an Assistant Professor at Texas State University where he teaches a healthcare administration seminar, employment law for healthcare administrators, and public health for healthcare administrators. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Incarnate Word’s School of Healthcare Administration where he teaches health law for healthcare administrators and a doctoral student at the University of Texas School of Public Health (San Antonio Campus). Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration and was also a legal instructor for the Army Medical Department Center and School’s Leader Training Center. He is the former Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the U.S Army Medical Command and the former Command Judge Advocate and Center Judge Advocate for the Army’s Western Regional Medical Command and Madigan Army Medical Center respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; a Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University; a Master of Business Administration from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington; a Master of Laws, Military Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia; a Master of Health Administration from Chapman University in Orange, California; and a Master of Laws, Health Law, Loyola University Chicago. He has published or co-published many works over the last ten years. He was born in Berwyn, Illinois and raised in neighboring Riverside, Illinois. He, his wife, Christina, and daughter, Alexandra, currently reside in Universal City, Texas. He is a member of the Illinois, Washington, and Texas bars. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Fellow in the Healthcare Management Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation, the certification chair for the South Texas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and is very involved in the San Antonio Bar Association’s Health Law Section.